Each month, Body+Soul chooses a highly nutritious fruit or vegetable that is in season -- and the fact that they are in season is important, because that's when they are most nutritious and taste the best.
January's Power Food: Grapefruit
-One grapefruit has about 25 percent of your daily fiber needs. By eating the segments whole, you'll get 50 percent more fiber, contributing to healthy digestion.
-Grapefruit is full of vitamin C, a major antioxidant that helps fight infection and may shorten the duration of colds.
-Red and pink grapefruit contain lycopene, which is associated with reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.
-Grapefruits also offer potassium and folate. Folate is an important nutrient for pregnant women and may help ward off depression and memory loss.
Special thanks to Alanna Fincke, Body+Soul's editor in chief, for sharing these grapefruit facts, and to the Florida grapefruit growers for giving our studio audience a ruby red grapefruit to make Warm Grapefruit Tea.